"Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from OVERCOMING the things you once thought you couldn't." RIKKI ROGERS
Angie Anderson was a stay at home mom with her 2 young daughters for a number of years. She felt privileged to raise her girls full time, but also knew something was missing. She had this idea that completing a triathlon would fulfillthe hole she couldn’t quite define. Her husband borrowed a bike for her to use, and this first race changed the path of her life forever!
The race was a women’s only sprint triathlon in Leduc, Alberta. It was late in the year and Angie remembers going home to some antiquated version of the internet to try to find another race to do ASAP! She fell in love with this sport from the moment she arrived at the race and was disappointed there were no options left that year. As always happens, a door opened and she committed to do her second triathlon, and first half Ironman at Great White North in July, 2001.
To this date that first half Ironman was Angie’s most emotional finish line. The emotion at completing something she thought impossible was overwhelming. She remembers the call to her Dad, who passed away shortly after her first Ironman post race. “Dad… I did it”, said while sobbing happy tears! That moment created an opening for future possibilities, and her next stop was Ironman Canada to volunteer and sign up for 2002.
Since 2002 there has been 19 Ironman races completed and too many 70.3’s to count. Angie left her job as a high school teacher in 2006 to pursue coaching triathlon full time, and has maintained this career for 13 years so far.
In 2013 Angie moved from Alberta, Canada to Phoenix Arizona. Over the last 5 years she has established herself as a coach and athlete in the triathlon community. Angie volunteers several times a year for her sport helping newbie athletes get their feet wet in the sport she loves! The Mesa Sprint Triathlon is a favorite event, as is Tri for the Cure. She also volunteers at Ironman Arizona every year.
Education is important to Angie. She takes coaching courses whenever possibleand reads everything she can about her sport. Angie believes in the science of coaching, and is always learning, and is also very passionate about the art of coaching and building relationships not just with her athletes, but with her community.
Angie has had solid success as an age group triathlete. She started with no experience, skills or fitness in 1999 and has since learned what hard work can achieve. Her highlights include 4 age group wins, qualifying for the Ironman World Championships 7 times, and multiple 70.3 and Ironman Age Group placings. She loves to race sprints and is often a top finisher in local events.
Angie is consistently an Ironman All World Gold athlete finishing #1 in the USA for women 50-54 for 2018, and has been USAT All American since moving to theUS. Angie continues to learn through her own racing and training career and values the opportunity to share her knowledge with those around her.
Angie believes triathlon is a passion that enhances the lives of those of us lucky enough to embrace this sport. Through coaching, volunteering, racing, and as simple as it sounds, smiling and welcoming those new to our sport, Angie hopes to kindle a spark in those around her to be their best.